5 MUST HAVE APPS

For sure your phone has already a lot of apps and maybe it is somehow hard to get an overview BUT we promise the apps below are worth it for your stay in Indonesia and will make your daily life so much easier. 

Grab / GoJek

If you have been already in Bali, there is no way to stay there without this application. Grab is a bit more expensive and we recommend using GoJek. It is working for a car and scooter and even for food deliveries – yiammi! The price from Kuta to Jimbaran (approx. 30 minutes) is around 30’000 Rupiah (CHF 2.50). 

www.gojek.com

GoLife

It took a while until we explore GoLife but as soon as we did, we could not stop to use it. With GoLife you can order Massages for a very fair price and to put the cherry on the top the massage is very good. 5 Stars to this app – check!

www.gojek.com/golife

Currency 

They are many apps to calculate the currency rates – we personally like this one as it calculates at the moment the currency you choose in your dashboard. 

https://www.xe.com/de/apps/

MSW

For all surfers out there – want to save time and know if the waves are good? Go for the MSW app the best hotspots in Bali and other islands are listed there.

https://magicseaweed.com/

RefillmyBottle

We already mentioned that plastic is a problem here and in the rest of the world. Click here to read more. With the RefillmyBottle app, you can save a lot of plastic bottles. Refill your bottle for free and save the planet! 

https://refillmybottle.com/app

10 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BALI

1. Never without my scooter
Without a scooter or other roadworthy vehicle nothing works in Bali. Furthermore, pedestrians are not only looked at with pity, but are even almost not seen gladly. However, Bali is home to crazy, crazy traffic, and even out of rush hour, just a few kilometres of driving will take much longer than expected. When you don’t feel comfortable when thinking of riding your scooter while rush hour, consider Moto-Taxis just like Grab or GoJek – it works the same like Uber but with Scooters. 

2. Renting a scooter without driving license
We understand that you do not feel comfortable renting or driving a scooter without a driver‘s license. BUT: Bali is not Switzerland. The winner here is the one who pays. And if the police stop you and ask for your driver‘s license, you just say you don‘t have it with you and pay the penalty. 

Insider tip: Always carry two wallets around with you. One is your normal one and the other is the „fake-portemonnaie“, in which you always have about 200‘000 Rupiah (about 14 CHF) with you. When the policemen tell you to pay 500‘000 Rupiah, you simply take out the „fake wallet“ and say that you only have this money (here: 200‘000) with you. They will take the money and let you go again 🙂

3. You´ll sweat like there is no tomorrow
Forget your long jeans, or that heavy jacket; Bali is hot year-round with an average temperature of 32 degrees. Pack cotton fabrics, kaftans and open-toe shoes. You will live in your swimmers and you may even be able to walk down the street without leaving a puddle of sweat. As crazy as it sounds, in our 4 months we only saw rain two!!!! times. 

4. Bali is food-haven for veggies and vegans
Bali literally has a restaurant to cater every taste – and that includes vegetarians! In fact, the busy areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are teeming with organic, raw, health, veggie and even vegan restaurants. Even in the most traditional of eateries, you‘ll find chefs happy to alter a dish to make it meat free.

5. Bali-Belly is a real thing 
This probably goes without saying, but please don‘t drink the tap water in Bali. We know that constantly buying bottled water may well break your heart, but water from the tap will make you sick – and that‘s the last thing you want on holiday!

6. Respect the culture 
Despite the influence of tourism, Balinese culture is very strong, and you can barely take a couple of steps along the street before you encounter ‚canang sari‘ – one of the colourful daily offering made by the Balinese Hindus. While the local dog population may take little notice of them, be aware to take more care and avoid stepping on them or causing other damage.

7. You will feel like a millionaire 
The exchange rate means CHF 70 is equivalent to about 1 million Rupiah, so your wallet will be as fat as the local bookmakers. There are money changes everywhere (ask your hotel for a reputable one) and you can get money out at ATMs on your credit card, but be careful and check always if you recieved the amount of cash you asked for. 

8. Be aware of the stray dogs 
There are a number of shelters and rescue homes on the island, but unfortunately it‘s still a huge problem. None of the dogs that we encountered appeared particularly aggressive but that doesn’t mean we would be happy to go over and pet them all! Exercise common sense, and if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten (even if it doesn’t break the skin) go and see a doctor immediately). 

Btw.: Please make sure that you have the right vaccinations and a good insurance. 

9. Surfing is HUGE
For decades, Bali has been a huge draw for surfers from all over the world – and for good reason! Even though the waves can get huge and challenging, this doesn’t mean that it’s only for pros. There are several surf schools around Seminyak, Canggu and Kuta, and surf board rental is pretty cheap.

10. Don’t be afraid of bargain
Besides fancy boutiques, restaurants and convenience stores – the first price you’re quoted is rarely the actual price, so don’t be afraid to haggle. We know it can be pretty daunting at first, but local Balinese are used to it and won’t be offended if you give it a go! 

ZERO WASTE

For sure you already have heard about the plastic problem we face in our planet. Here in Indonesia you can find tones of plastic waste lying at some beaches or landscapes. As soon the wet season starts it will be even worse – the whole plastic will be brought from the ocean to the shallow beaches. Nevertheless an individual person can do a lot to reduce waste or helping the environment, for example in controlling their consum or picking up garbage.

At Green Tara (were Veti stays) we had the opportunity to participate a zero-waste workshop with Manuel Bergmann. Before starting the workshop, we decide to watch the award-winning documentary “A PLASTIC OCEAN” who was set up by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, environmentalists and journalists.

This documentary showed us the immense effect the plastic waste has in the ocean world and how terrible the consequences of plastic already are. After the movie we wonder what we can do to help and how we can have an influence to create a better and safer world for animals and humans.

We would like to share the summary of our discussions and the workshop, so you also can have an impact while studying abroad or even in your hometown.

The situation in Bali with Plastic Pollution:
240t of trash are produced int the southern part of Bali alone EVERY DAY.

Waste Disposal
– 44% Landfill
– 22% Land
– 19% Burnt
– 11% Waterways
– 4% Recycled

Waste Analysis of Bali
– 60% Organic Waste
– 20% Plastic Waste
– 11% Paper
– 9 % Others

Solutions to the Plastic Problem
The government of Bali banned plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene since June 23rd, 2019
Eco Bali Recycling provides waste collection, separations system, and recycling for households, businesses, and communities ​https://eco-bali.com/
– Reducing your own plastic consumption, visit a Zero Waste shop: https://zerowastebali.com/
Beach Clean-Ups – A great tool to raise awareness and to make the world a cleaner place – Organizations that are doing weekly cleanups on Bali:
→TrashHeroh​ ttps://trashhero.org/
→ Ocean Mimic ​https://ocean-mimic.com
→ Bye Bye Plastic Bags ​http://www.byebyeplasticbags.org
→ 4ocean ​https://4ocean.com/
– Buy a refill bottle and download the app so you know where you can get water for free: https://refillmybottle.com/